Wallace Dow Prairie Architect

Wallace Dow Prairie Architect

 

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On the vast South Dakota prairie, once stood unique homes and buildings that reflected creativity, encompassed diverse building materials, and brought new architectural styles like Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, and other Victorian eclectic styles to the growing community of Sioux Falls

 

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In 1884, Dow moved to Sioux Falls which was a boom town and experiencing tremendous growth and prosperity. The result became a success to Dow’s architectural career. The local quarries in Sioux Falls region allowed Dow to design countless building projects.

 

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Quarrying quartzite made Sioux Falls thrive as a city. It provided building materials for iconic structures and jobs for a growing community. Skilled workers used their talents to chisel and form detailed pieces of stone. The quarried stone was cut into building and paving blocks and shipped for construction throughout the country.

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Architect Wallace Dow designed countless structures in the region, making Sioux Falls a wondrous place to live. Over time may of the buildings designed by Dow were demolished and replaced by new, contemporary structures. Today, only a few of Dow’s buildings still stand as a testament to his skill, creativity, and style.